Candidate Statement

Portrait of Bruno J. Navarro
Bruno J. Navarro is a candidate for the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education in the Nov. 6, 2018, election.

More than 20 years of experience as a journalist — covering everything from education to municipal government, from business to technology, and everything in between — has provided me a unique skill set that includes a capacity to absorb varied viewpoints and factual evidence; it has also cultivated an innate, inquisitive nature. While I don’t purport to have all the answers, I have the ability and the desire to discover the best course of action across a variety of topics. Our experiences shape our perspectives, and I am proud to have been born to a family of Peruvian immigrants with Spanish as my first language. I’ve been a volunteer emergency medical technician and ambulance driver, a preschool helper parent, a photographer and a real estate agent. I’ve never stopped learning.

As a parent of three young children (Esmé, 5, Felix, 4, and Oliver, 3), I have a vested interest that will span two decades in the district. So, clearly its quality of education and its efforts to serve a diverse and growing student population are important.

Having moved to Maplewood in 2015 from Brooklyn, I am grateful for the level of parent participation within the district, and the high standards that have resulted from that involvement. Our family is fortunate to live in a progressive, creative, socially conscious community, and we have been grateful for having encountered amazing educators over the past three years — yet I believe that the school district can do an even better job of communicating its goals and values, while itself achieving a higher standard of accountability and greater attention to the varied needs of its student population.

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